Punitive psychiatry

Virtually every political prisoner undergoes a month-long forced psychiatric examination. In Russia the victims of «punitive psychiatry» are not only political prisoners, but also Russian oppositionists, journalists, activists and ordinary citizens.  

On 14 October 2020, the occupation authorities ordered a compulsory in-patient psychiatric examination for Oleksandr Sizikov, who has a visual disability (complete blindness) and is persecuted by Russian occupation administration for political reasons. Having received the expert opinion on his sanity, the «court» returned O.Sizikov under house arrest.